I have been affected by a condition called Central Serous Retinopathy since 2004. Straight lines appear wobbly and distorted. This is caused by a tiny little leak in the retina which then no longer lies flat, hence the distorted vision.
A longer term effect is a dulling of the eye's vision, something to do with nutrients not getting through to the retina. So with my left eye, the world appears to be viewed by a mid grey lens with the very centre not being clearly defined.
A routine eye examination earlier this year at the opticians resulted in being referred to Moorfields Eye Hospital in Bedford. To cut a long story short, I had some eye drops with the instruction to have four drops a day, instead of the normal three. This led to a very quick improvement which was little short of being remarkable.
The eye drops, however, are a short term fix and I probably need to start another course again soon. If squint at my screen through my left eye, I can't read a thing, even wearing glasses. Aside from the definition being pretty hopeless, all lines are wavy - the text, the edge of the screen and the menu bars top and bottom.
At least I can still function as my right eye is pretty good.
Very unexpectedly my blood pressure started to creep up in early 2017. We have a monitor at home and from time to time I'd check my blood pressure and it has been fine over the months and years.
However, from March 2017 it was rising further, sometimes 150/100 and so I went to the Doctor. After various appointments I was prescribed a low dose tablet which didn't have enough effect. The Doctor wasn't too concerned about that as it was easy to adjust the dose and get the pressure right. The concern was about the effect of high blood pressure on my kidneys.
As I've had a general check up most years since 2004, the Doctor appreciated having an historical record of my creatinine readings. Creatinine is some kind of protein which is filtered out by the kidneys. The lower reading the better. Apparently my readings from 2004 to 2015 were good and at the lower end of the scale, meaning my kidneys were working fine. Being vegetarian is, or so I am told, kinder on the kidneys.
Date – Creatinine mol/L
As I am almost 56 I suppose I shouldn't be surprised in having one or two health issues, although I'd prefer to have none. Raised blood pressure and eyesight issues aren't too bad in the grand scheme of things. As I am naturally a "half full" and optimistic I would like to think there is a good solution to these issues, or perhaps there is a lesson for me to learn. While it is true I am pretty healthy and fit, I am not immortal. I should be learning to be gracious about this, to accept it and be thankful for the good health I enjoy and the things I can do.